Campaign Introduction

The Locals’ Local Fund will support local farmers who will be selling fresh, local food at a negotiated price to Monadnock Mobile Food pantry. The Fund will be managed by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition in collaboration with The Community Kitchen, the operational partner for the mobile food pantry.

The Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry is committed to strengthening an equitable and ecologically sound local food system by improving access to fresh, sustainably produced, local food for all Monadnock residents.

2022 Locals’ Local Fund benefiting the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry

by Roe-Ann Tasoulas

  • $5,000

    Funding Goal
  • $1,658

    Funds Raised
  • 131

    Days to go
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Monadnock Region, NH

Roe-Ann Tasoulas

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Campaign Story

Locals’ Local Fund: Getting Fresh and Local on the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry

History:
One of the Monadnock Region’s greatest assets is our abundance of local farms and food businesses and the resilience of our food system.  The COVID-19 pandemic caused this system to be challenged.  Beginning in 2020, local farm product sales were disrupted as markets, restaurants and other income-generating avenues were significantly reduced.  Farms also often rely on direct-to-consumer sales through farmers markets and CSAs to make a living, all of which were negatively impacted. Despite these challenges, many farmers reached out to contribute healthy food to the neediest among us.

Many families and children in the Monadnock Region experience food insecurity which is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. According to Feeding America, the overall food insecurity rate in Cheshire County was 9.5% in 2019 and the rate for children was 12.7%.1 These rates are higher than the state averages which were 8.8% and 10.9% respectively.

The Food Access Alliance (Alliance), a work group of the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, led two initiatives to address resiliency for farms and communities experiencing food insecurity: a feasibility study for a mobile food pantry and a comprehensive food access analysis of hunger in our region.

Key findings from initiatives include:

  • Community partners are enthusiastic and committed to the success of a mobile food pantry.
  • The mobile food pantry would partially address a serious service gap in the Monadnock Region given increased unemployment, lack of transportation infrastructure, local pantries operating very limited hours with limited or no fresh produce offerings, lower than national average participation of eligible households in SNAP/EBT and other food assistance programs, low minimum wage, and high housing costs.
  • Over 300 individuals experiencing food insecurity stated access to fresh vegetables, dairy, and meat was highest priority in meeting adequate nutritional needs.

The Locals’ Local Fund will support local producers who will be selling fresh, local food at a negotiated price to the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry.  Although other programs offer some level of support to farm produce sales in the state, such as New Hampshire Feeding New Hampshire, the scale of these programs will not provide significant market support for Monadnock farmers in the short-term.

The Locals’ Local Fund will help ensure that local farmers and producers will be able to sell their products at a fair price contributing to the resilience of the regional food system.  The Fund will be managed by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition in collaboration with The Community Kitchen, Inc., the operational partner for the mobile food pantry.

The Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry is committed to strengthening an equitable and ecologically sound local food system in collaboration with local farmers, food hubs and food advocacy organizations.

Name Campaign Location Date
Anonymous Hancock, NH, NH May 24, 2022
Amanda Littleton Chesterfield, NH May 23, 2022
Annie Dintino HARRISVILLE, NH May 23, 2022
Piper Tasoulas Keene, NH May 23, 2022
Mack Tasoulas Keene, NH May 23, 2022
Anonymous Keene, NH May 23, 2022
Jo Wadleigh Wilton, NH May 21, 2022
Tricia Zahn Wilton, NH May 21, 2022
Georgia Libbares Chicago, IL May 18, 2022
Sarah E Bradshaw Southern Pines, NC May 17, 2022
Lisa Luedeke Peterborough, NH May 17, 2022
James Klein Culver City, CA May 17, 2022
Anne McBride Nelson, NH May 16, 2022
Patricia Beffa-Negrini Harrisville, NH May 13, 2022
John Rixey Fitzwilliam, NH May 11, 2022
Anonymous Harrisville, NH May 11, 2022
Nora Traviss Keene, NH May 11, 2022
Lisa Sieverts Nelson, NH May 10, 2022
Sarah Dengler Rindge, NH May 10, 2022
Judi Lang Nelson, NH May 10, 2022
Karrie Kalich Keene, NH May 10, 2022
Becky Dunn Nelson, NH May 10, 2022
Nancy Fey-Yensan Fitzwilliam, NH May 09, 2022
Margaret Barney , May 05, 2022
Monadnock Food Co-op Keene, NH May 05, 2022
Cassandra Curtis , May 05, 2022
Brian Bishoff , May 05, 2022
Jenny Wooster Winchester, NH May 05, 2022
Carol Jue Keene, NH May 05, 2022

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